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This Human Powered 'Cycle-Copter' Just Broke a World Record

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"already one of the highlights of my life."

University of Maryland students are trying for a goal many have set out to achieve but failed: human-powered flight. In fact, much of the Internet community was recently duped by a man claiming to have built a set of "bird wings" to help him fly by flapping his arms -- it was actually an elaborate case of CGI. But these Maryland students have actually achieved it with a quadrotor-like helicopter powered only by one man's able legs.

The Gamera II was in the air about 40 seconds on Thursday and 35 seconds Wednesday, beating the previous world record of 19 seconds set in 1994 by a Japanese team, according to The Atlantic.

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